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Apprenticeship Standards: make the right choice and get the job done

Choosing the right Apprenticeship Standard is the critical first step in ensuring that you get the right apprenticeship for your business needs and in turn the right apprentice/s for the role you are seeking to fill.

A poor or too quickly thought through selection at this point on the apprenticeship journey, could result in both parties – apprentice and host employer – wasting their time and effort. 

Outcomes might include an apprentice who is not equipped to do the job required – even though they may have passed their end-assessment.  

A poor fit can also result in an apprentice’s failure to pass the end-assessment – and, of course, resits are time-consuming and disappointing for all concerned.

Conversely, selecting the correct Standard for your needs, ensures that your apprentice/s get the skills they need for a rewarding science-based career in your organisation, while at the same time your company successfully builds its future talent pipeline.

The Government’s Trailblazer process has been all about putting control back into the hands of the employers to ensure that apprenticeship training – via the Standards – reflects what’s required in the workplace, with employers shaping the Standards themselves.

But this still requires focus and attention from the individual employers utilising these Standards, and those responsible for recruiting and managing apprentices should ensure they map the Standard to the job.

Start with the end in mind
Here at SIAS we’ve always stated that understanding your destination from the outset means you can take the right steps to ensure you get there.  

This includes asking the fundamental question “What is the job role I am looking to fill, and how do I work back from there to ensure I get what I need from taking on an apprentice?”

It’s worth bearing in mind that the end-assessment process, a key facet of these newer Standards, ultimately tests to the Standard – not to the job.  Achievement of the Standard shows full occupational competence. In other words, in effect, the Standard is the “qualification” – albeit it does not always include a formal qualification in the traditional sense of the word.

Ultimately, the apprentice is being trained to meet a Standard that equips them to do the job. If the Standard selected is too far removed from the landing role, then it represents a poor investment all round.

The all-important Training Plan falls out of the Standard selected and delivers the skills and knowledge required to do the job in hand – which also means translating the Standard into the particular environment in your workplace is key.

This requires understanding the Standard and end-assessment Plan in some detail at the beginning, and translating all of this – with your preferred training provider – into a training and assessment roadmap. This ensures you get someone who is going to meet your requirements for the job and will also be fully competent in the occupation.

Sound investment

Ultimately employers want to be able to direct their apprenticeship funding into a training programme that is fit-for-purpose and robust. The rules allow this – employers can, in effect, incorporate their own ways of working, focussed on their own products and services into the learning and development plan, as long as all this meets the Apprenticeship Standard.

Here at SIAS, we are here to help from the outset, to ensure that your apprentices are supported to successfully achieve their apprenticeship Standard and that they are fully prepared for end-point assessment and ultimately satisfy the requirements of the SIAS independent assessors.

By ensuring your provider registers your apprentices with us as early as possible, you can get all this support to ensure you are on course to deliver fully competent job-ready apprentices from day one. 

To find out more get in touch:

Tel: 01925 515 211